The Charlton Society meetings 2020/1 update

Welcome to 2021!

Wishing all members a happy and safe new year.

As members know, in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Committee reluctantly had to postpone the 2020 programme of talks, and as things stand as we enter 2021, meetings will still not be able to be held at Charlton House for the foreseeable future.

However a development for the new year, the Committee is intending to embark on virtual member meetings via Zoom instead, the first of which will be on Saturday 16th January starting at 2.30pm. The presentation will be hosted by Dr Peter Coles, visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, discussing the famous Mulberry Tree in the front grounds of Charlton House, purportedly over 400 years old. This presentation was originally scheduled as part of the talks programme for 2020.

An invitation to the presentation will be sent via email to all members, along with instructions as to how to use the program as Zoom may be new to some members. We look forward to welcoming as many members as possible to participate, and hope to continue with online meetings throughout 2021 until we are able to meet again at Charlton House. If anyone has any queries regarding the instructions to log on to the meeting, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, please click here

During 2020, despite Covid-19 restrictions, The Charlton Society Committee was hard at work and arranged a Golden Anniversary Street Exhibition in Charlton Village, highlighting the uniqueness of the Village, recognising the traders and successes The Charlton Society has achieved over the last 50 years which was very well received.

The Exhibition opened on Friday October 30th, and was very well attended by both members, Village traders, plus interested Charlton residents and beyond. The event was hosted by The Charlton Society Committee and the guest was the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Cllr Linda Bird. Sadly the Exhibition had to come to an end, but a very big thank you to all participating shops, and those who attended and enjoyed.

Due to the success of the Exhibition, we are in the process of publishing The Charlton Society postcard gift packs for 2021 using some of the images in the Exhibition. These will be available to purchase through The Charlton Society Committee, we will keep you posted with details.

We would also welcome your feedback on the Exhibition, please contact us here as we have been compiling an online visitors’ book to celebrate the Exhibition, thank you to all those who have already contributed.

Also, for a look at the all images of Charlton used in the Exhibition, plus images of them being installed, please go to the Charlton Village Street Exhibition tab.

In the absence of live meetings, the Charlton Society Committee will continue to hold monthly meetings online in 2021, the minutes of which are posted on the website, so all members can be kept informed of the discussions had and the work the Society is progressing with. Please go to Committee tab for further information.

The Committee is also committed to continue to work on the Save Our Village Action Plan (SOVAP), this was presented by Chair, Carol Kenna, at our last meeting at the beginning of 2020 at Charlton House. For details of the current status of activity with SOVAP, please click here

We will also be keeping the website updated with local events which are adhering to social distancing guidelines, plus virtual events members and residents can participate in. Please go to Local Events for information.

The other important area in which the Society is involved in is in scrutinising Greenwich planning policy. The Society and other community groups have been rigorous in challenging recent proposed developments. We were delighted to report that both the Rockwell development proposals at Anchor & Hope and the Meyer Tower development in Woolwich were rejected in 2020. For further information on other planning issues the Society is involved in as we enter 2021, please go to Planning tab at the top of the page.

There is also an account of how the above successes were achieved by the working together of community, council and residents presented by Vice-Chair, Roden Richardson.

We wish you all the best wishes for 2021, stay safe and keep well.

The Charlton Society Committee